BOSTON – Boston Red Sox center fielder Mike Cameron will have season-ending surgery to repair a torn abdominal muscle.

Manager Terry Francona said he doesn’t know the date of the surgery, but it’s necessary to get Cameron on pace to return next spring.

Cameron, 37, was placed on the disabled list Aug. 2 for the second time this season. He earlier missed 34 games due to the injury.

Cameron, who has tried to play through the pain, was limited this year to 48 games, hitting .259 with four homers with 15 RBI.

“I put it off a long time,” he said. “It’s time to explore the options of taking care of what I need to do to be ready to play baseball next year. It’s time. It’s just time.”

The Red Sox signed Cameron to a $15.5 million, two-year contract during the offseason, with plans of upgrading their defense. Jacoby Ellsbury was moved to left field before the start of the season.

Cameron and his agent met Tuesday night with Francona and General Manager Theo Epstein.

“Going further is going to bite into a chunk of next year,” Francona said.

Ellsbury also may be done for the year with a broken rib in his back.